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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Quick fix: A plumbing problem is forcing the Plumas Unified School District to move its headquarters to the former probation building.
  • Lesser charges: A former Chester Public Utility District general manager pleaded guilty to reduced charges last month in connection with unauthorized use of a district credit card at a Reno strip club.

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Woman charged with arson after blaze destroys three Portola homes

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
9/7/2011

A woman is in custody on charges of arson after three Portola homes were destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in at 12:50 p.m. reporting a home at 65 West Magnolia was fully engulfed in fire.

Read more: Woman charged with arson after blaze destroys three Portola homes

 

Steffanic reports fair attendance up

Mona Hill
Staff Writer
9/7/2011

Fair manager John Steffanic told directors Wednesday, Aug. 31, that the 2011 Plumas-Sierra County Fair generated $113,849 — about one-third of the year’s total revenue.

Steffanic reported an increase of 1,225 in paid attendance over 2010. The system also reflected a huge decrease in unpaid attendance.

Read more: Steffanic reports fair attendance up

 

City of Portola discusses aid for water bills

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
9/7/2011

 

The Portola City Council and city staff responded to questions from citizens B.J. Pearson and Earl Morrison at their last meeting in an ongoing attempt to address “affordability” issues regarding recent water and sewer rate hikes.

City Manager Leslie Tigan reported to Earl Morrison, who was in attendance, that although the city’s attention had been diverted by its involvement in Railroad Days, Todd Roberts of Public Works had almost completed gathering data from the past 10 years regarding water flows from Willow Springs.

Read more: City of Portola discusses aid for water bills

 

Praise for the pastor: Community gathers in appreciation

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
9/7/2011

Pastor Fred Kerr of the Greenville Southern Baptist Church was feted last month in two special services, one at his church and one staged at the Assembly of God Church.

His total dedication to the church and the community as a whole were the focus of celebrations in honor of almost four decades worth of serving his fellow man.

Read more: Praise for the pastor: Community gathers in appreciation

 

Now and Then, Joan Sayre to retire after 47 years

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
9/7/2011

“I feel good about it; it’s time for myself,” Joan Sayre said on her final day of work at Lassen Gift Company Aug. 23. “Once I made the decision it has been easier. I will always be in Chester.”

She is leaving work behind after nearly 47 years and said she is feeling a little sad.

Read more: Now and Then, Joan Sayre to retire after 47 years

 

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